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How does your driving profile impact car insurance rates?

Who you are as a driver has a major impact on what you pay for car insurance. Your age, your credit score, and your driving record (which all impact your insurance score), are all taken into consideration by insurance companies when they price quotes. Let’s review the core aspects of your driving profile and how they impact your car insurance.


Age

Your age is one way your insurance company assesses your driving experience. Younger drivers, especially teenage drivers, are statistically more likely to take risks behind the wheel and cause an accident. On average, teen drivers pay 302% more for car insurance than do drivers in their 50s, with all other metrics constant.

If you’re interested in more information on car insurance and age, see our related content below:


Credit score

In nearly every US state, credit score is used as a major rating factor to determine your car insurance rates. According to the Federal Trade Commission, drivers with low credit file more expensive — and more frequent — claims. Thus, they’re more expensive and risky customers.

Our data, which can be explored in greater depth below, shows drivers with poor credit (350-500) pay almost $1,200 more per year for car insurance than do drivers with excellent credit. 


Driving record

Your driving history helps insurers understand the kind of driver you will be in the future. A history of claims, speeding tickets, or other citations will drastically raise your premium. On average, a driver who has been responsible for an at-fault crash pays $617 more per year than a driver without a collision on their record. For more information on your driving record impacts on your premium, see our related articles below.


Other demographic qualities considered

Aside from age, credit score, and driving record, other demographic qualities impact car insurance rates. Below are articles that explore this.


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About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.